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Village sign

Not to be confused with village sign language.

In many parts of England, an ornamental village sign is erected to announce the village name to those entering the village. They are typically placed on the principal road entrance or in a prominent location such as a village green. The design often depicts a particularly characteristic feature of the village or a scene from its history, heritage, or culture. They are typically made of wood or metal or a combination of both, the designs are often made by the local community.

Backwell village sign in Somerset
Biddenden village sign in Kent of the two maids of Biddenden
Old Hunstanton village sign in Norfolk

Ornamental timber and iron signs were common historically to identify buildings of importance such as inns or town halls. However, the tradition of village signs is believed to have started in Norfolk early in the 20th century when Edward VII suggested that village signs would aid motorists and give a feature of interest on the Sandringham Estate.

The spread of interest beyond Norfolk can be attributed to Prince Albert, Duke of York (later George VI) who gave a speech to the Royal Academy in 1920 promoting the wider use of village signs. This prompted the Daily Mail to run a nationwide village sign competition. The prize fund exceeded £2,000 and ten awards were made. The winning schemes were exhibited at Australia House, London in October 1920.

The village sign at Biddenden, Kent, featuring the two Biddenden Maids, was one of the successful Daily Mail competition entries. So too was the sign at Bromley, Kent.

Many signs commemorate significant events such as the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, the passing of Millennium or local celebrations such as the centenary of the formation of local councils.

In some places village signs have been surveyed and recorded. In Kent, signs erected in more than half of the county villages have been identified.

In 1929, Harry Carter, an art and woodwork master at Hamonds Grammar School (which now serves as the sixth form buildings for Hamond's high school in Swaffham), carved a sign for his home town. By the time of his death in 1983 he had carved over 200 town and village signs.

While the practice is now widespread, decorative village signs are still common in Norfolk and in the neighbouring county of Suffolk as well as Essex and other East Anglian counties. Some village signs take the form of sculptures, such as the sign at Capel St Andrew in Suffolk, which is constructed from scrap metal.

  1. The Builder magazine, 7 May 1920, p 542
  2. The Builder magazine, 22 October 1920, p 455
  3. Alan Bignell Books, Kent Village Signs (Book 1 and Book2), ISBN 978-0-9542950-4-2
  4. https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/101692
  5. Ordnance Survey (2002). OS Explorer Map 252 - Norfolk Coast East. ISBN 0-319-21888-0.
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Village sign
Village sign Language Watch Edit Not to be confused with village sign language In many parts of England an ornamental village sign is erected to announce the village name to those entering the village They are typically placed on the principal road entrance or in a prominent location such as a village green The design often depicts a particularly characteristic feature of the village or a scene from its history heritage or culture They are typically made of wood or metal or a combination of both the designs are often made by the local community Backwell village sign in SomersetBiddenden village sign in Kent of the two maids of BiddendenOld Hunstanton village sign in Norfolk Ornamental timber and iron signs were common historically to identify buildings of importance such as inns or town halls However the tradition of village signs is believed to have started in Norfolk early in the 20th century when Edward VII suggested that village signs would aid motorists and give a feature of interest on the Sandringham Estate The spread of interest beyond Norfolk can be attributed to Prince Albert Duke of York later George VI who gave a speech to the Royal Academy in 1920 promoting the wider use of village signs This prompted the Daily Mail to run a nationwide village sign competition 1 The prize fund exceeded 2 000 and ten awards were made The winning schemes were exhibited at Australia House London in October 1920 2 The village sign at Biddenden Kent featuring the two Biddenden Maids was one of the successful Daily Mail competition entries So too was the sign at Bromley Kent Many signs commemorate significant events such as the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 the passing of Millennium or local celebrations such as the centenary of the formation of local councils In some places village signs have been surveyed and recorded In Kent signs erected in more than half of the county villages have been identified 3 In 1929 Harry Carter an art and woodwork master at Hamonds Grammar School which now serves as the sixth form buildings for Hamond s high school in Swaffham carved a sign for his home town By the time of his death in 1983 he had carved over 200 town and village signs While the practice is now widespread decorative village signs are still common in Norfolk and in the neighbouring county of Suffolk as well as Essex and other East Anglian counties Some village signs take the form of sculptures such as the sign at Capel St Andrew in Suffolk which is constructed from scrap metal Gallery Edit Sandling Kent 4 Beeston Regis Norfolk 5 Weybourne Norfolk 5 East Runton Norfolk 5 High Kelling Norfolk 5 Northrepps Norfolk 5 Overstrand Norfolk 5 Gresham Norfolk Felbrigg Norfolk West Beckham Norfolk Hempstead Norfolk Spratton in Northamptonshire Horsham St Faith Norfolk Gayton West Norfolk Gimingham Norfolk Sustead Norfolk Trunch Norfolk Sprowston Norfolk Corton Suffolk Little Bentley Essex Sanderstead Croydon Leaves Green Bromley Lower Southrepps NorfolkReferences Edit The Builder magazine 7 May 1920 p 542 The Builder magazine 22 October 1920 p 455 Alan Bignell Books Kent Village Signs Book 1 and Book2 ISBN 978 0 9542950 4 2 https www geograph org uk photo 101692 a b c d e f Ordnance Survey 2002 OS Explorer Map 252 Norfolk Coast East ISBN 0 319 21888 0 External links EditVillage Sign Society Village signs on NorfolkCoast co uk Norfolk Village Signs Geograph article and photo record of the Village Signs in Kent 1 permanent dead link Wikimedia Commons has media related to Village sign Wikimedia Commons has media related to Village signs in England Wikimedia Commons has media related to Signs of municipalities Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Village sign amp oldid 1040095713, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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